The TFC Eagles hosted Georgia Northwestern Tech on Thursday. In their best shooting performance of the season, the Eagles were victorious 73 – 70.
After laminating their mischances in close losses over the course of the season, the Eagles put special emphasis on increasing their field goal percentage in hopes of changing tight losses into victories. In the first half against Georgia Northwestern the Eagles shot 45% from the field including 9 – 18 shooting from three point range. Georgia Northwestern matched TFC’s shooting, and shot 54% in the first half. The Eagles closed the physical first half with a 39 – 37 lead. To start the second period, TFC went on a 21 – 6 run to open a 60 – 43 lead. The visiting Bobcats increased their defensive pressure and cut the Eagles’ lead to single digits with less than 3 minutes remaining. Leading by 2, TFC’s Josh Barrett intercepted a full court pass from the Bobcats, was subsequently fouled and converted both free throws to increase the lead to four with less than a minute remaining. The Bobcats cut the lead to three, but ran out of time as a full court heave fell short as the buzzer sounded. With the 73 – 70 win, the Eagles snapped a 15 game losing streak. The Eagles finished the game with 47% shooting from the field.
Barrett led the Eagles’ in scoring with 23 points. Derek Westfall contributed 14 points and 7 rebounds. Jon Sauls had 14 points, and Carlos Hamlett added 10. Donavan Smith led the Eagles on the defensive end and helped the Eagles to win the turnover battle 21 – 11.
The Eagles will travel to Trinity College of Florida on Friday and to Florida Christian College on Saturday for region games. The Eagles will return home on January 29 to host Sewanee University at 8:00.